We are so excited about this school year! The 4th graders have already started working hard this year. Please make sure you are checking their STAR folders and signing your child's agenda every night. Here is what your child will be studying during the school year:
For the past few weeks we have been concentrating on multiplication. We have learned factors and multiples, and how they relate to prime and composite numbers. We have discussed and made our own multiplicative comparisons and fact families, as we are understanding how multiplication and division are related. For the next weeks we will be focusing on multiplying larger numbers and work our way up to 2x2 digit multiplication. As we close out the semester, we will be learning how to divide -smaller division facts and using long division to divide up to four digit numbers.
This year 4th grade will focus on the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science and will exhibit these traits in their own efforts to understand how the world works. Students will learn about ecosystems, planets, forces and motion, simple machines, sound and light, and adaptations for survival. We are also making strides in the STEAM initiative, which is an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in guiding students in inquiry and critical thinking. This initiative is one of many steps in preparing our amazing students for the 21st century.
In 4th grade Social Studies, students will study a variety of topics. Mostly, we will be studying United States history from the French and Indian War to Reconstruction. We will also learn all about geography, government, economics, and map and globe skills.
Unit 2: 4th grade Reading/ELA: Information Overload
= create opinion/persuasive pieces on topics or text, with supporting points of view
= use various texts to refer to details using both explicit and inferred examples
= determine the main idea of texts with supported details for summarizing
= determine the various written text structures in texts or parts of a text
= identify the reasons and evidence the author gives to support their points
= report on a topic or text, retell a story or event in an organized manner